Week In Review: How to Make and Apple Pie and See the World

This week we officially started Five in a Row.  For our first book we read "How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World" by Marjorie Priceman, I HIGHLY recommend it!  If you aren't familiar with Five in a Row, the idea is you read the same book every day for five days, focusing on a different aspect each day.  I have to admit I was a little worried that by Wednesday Bitsy would be revolting, and insisting on a new story, but to my delight she enjoyed it.  
So, on Monday we focused on geography and culture.  In the book the little girl travels all over the world to find her pie ingredients, and we followed her with our story disc on our big world map.
This week we located Italy, France, England, Sri Lanka, Jamaica, and Vermont.  Because we talked about two islands, we also identified the bodies of water that they are in and started a list to put next to our map.
On Tuesday we focused on the writing and descriptive part of the story, and talked about pantomime.  Bitsy wasn't real interested, but Manly LOVED it!  He pantomimed making all of the ingredients into the pie, and then wanted to do it again every day after we talked about it.  Here is is grinding bark from the kurundu tree into cinnamon.  :)
On Wednesday we talked about how the artist can show us the characters are having a good time.  We found lots of silly pictures in the book, and then made our own silly illustrations.  I had the animals from an art kit, and originally intended for the kids to use stickers to decorate them, but when I gave them to them they immediately requested crayons instead.  So, out with the stickers, and in with the crayons.
 These are Bitsy's finished animals.  Manly did a chicken and cow, but he wanted them up on his bulletin board, and wasn't allowing pictures.  I was excited they were all farm animals that could tie in with our story, and our monthly farm theme.
 Thursday we talked about math, and how we use measurements to cook, and just so we would have some experience, we made granola.  (Yes, I know the book is about apple pie, just be patient.)  :)  Since we were cooking, and measuring I didn't get any pictures of the process, but here's our finished project.
Finally, Friday...  We talked about science.  Now, the little girl scooped up some salt water from the ocean as she traveled and then evaporated it to make her pie, so we did it too, kind of.  I dissolved 1/4c. of salt in 2 c. water, and then simmered it for about an hour to get our salt back.  Bitsy wanted to know where the water goes, so we talked about evaporation, and then we discussed our senses and tasted our salt when it was done.  (I don't think they're going to go for salt tasting again.) 
This is our almost finished salt, and again, small children, hot liquids, no process pictures.  For lunch we also used our sense of taste, and tried four different types of apples, and tried to decide on our favorite.  The only conclusion we came to is that everyone around here loves apples!
Friday was also our culminating meal, and we made apple pie, and apple stew, which were both delicious.  The pie was gone so fast there was no time for pictures.  Luckily we got a few pieces out to share with our new neighbors, since the girl in the book shares with her friends.  Manly really liked helping with the stew, and they both enjoyed making a meal from our book.

Unrelated to our book, we watched the big machines remove an electrical box across the street.
I came in to Bitsy's room to see this adorable sight.
Manly took care of Lettie, and made sure she had music in her room.
And Bitsy caught a butterfly with Daddy, while she was out picking flowers.
 She took the picture herself, after she decided the butterfly should be the dinner table centerpiece.


This is our eastern tiger swallowtail sitting on our kitchen counter.  We had to look up exactly which kind he was in our butterfly books, because Bitsy wanted to be sure we knew exactly what kind it was.  It seems to have an injured wing, but it has been living on flowers and water in the bug house in our kitchen.  Bitsy insists on giving it fresh flowers every day so, "it can drink their sweet nectar."

Samantha  – (August 15, 2011 at 11:56 AM)  

So much fun! And I totally get the lack of pictures thing. Having the pictures to put on the blog is fun but sometimes the process of getting them disrupts the process of fun and learning. I hope we have as much fun with How to make an apple pie and see the world next week!

SarahElisabeth  – (August 17, 2011 at 4:18 PM)  

We are using Five in a Row too but haven't rowed "How to make an apple pie" yet but it is one of our favourite books and nearly always leads to apple pie cooking.

Abby  – (August 17, 2011 at 4:35 PM)  

Samantha, I hope you have a great time with it, it was really a lot of fun!

Abby  – (August 17, 2011 at 4:37 PM)  

SarahElisabeth, I highly recommend it! I wish I had more pictures of the joy on the little one's faces, it was a great week for us.

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